Sorry, I refuse to play this game
One of the problems associated with the military is the issue of “stolen valor”, i.e. wannabes who claim service, awards and decorations they haven’t done or earned.
No one other than other wannabes defends this because it is so outrageously wrong in every way. They haven’t done the service or haven’t earned the awards and they aren’t who they say they are. And they are shamed and shunned because of their lies.
That seems to be the proper way to handle those sorts of things. If you’re not what you say you are, no amount of wanting changes that. So why should we as a society have to humor that? We don’t in this case. Why do we in other cases? If I paste a horn on my head and claim to be a unicorn, does that make me one? And do you have to accept my desire as “valid” or “true”?
Of course not.
Meet Spokane’s NAACP Chapter President Rachel Dolezal. Ms. Dolezal, as she appears now, claims to have been a “bi-racial” child and having African-American blood. On the right is a picture of a younger Ms. Dolezal as she appeared years earlier when she was naturally blond haired and blue-eyed.
She’s claimed a black father and a black son for some time.
The young man is actually her brother, adopted by her real parents years ago. The man on the right she claims is her dad. He’s not. Here he is with her mom.
Yes, about as “white-bread” a pair of parents as you can get.
Ms. Dolezal has claimed a horrific earlier life to add to her “black” bona-fides. But they are as false as her racial claims:
In an interview with the Coeur d’ Alene Press, Dolezal’s mother shot down many other claims her daughter has made in interviews over the years. Specifically:
Dolezal’s claim she was born in a tepee.
‘Totally false,’ said her mother. She and Dolezal’s father once lived in a tepee but it was before Dolezal was born.
Dolezal’s claim she once had to use bows and arrows to hunt for her own food as a kid.
Not true, says her mother.
Dolezal’s claim she once lived in South Africa.
‘Rachel did not even ever visit us there,’ said Ruthanne, who lived there as a missionary.
Dolezal’s claim her parents punished her ‘by skin complexion’ with a ‘baboon whip’ reminiscent of those once used on slaves.
‘She is fabricating a very false and malicious lie,’ Ruthanne said.
Dolezal’s claim that Larry Dolezal, who is white, is actually her stepfather.
‘Anybody who lives in the town of Troy or Libby knows that Larry is her father,’ Ruthanne said.
So, what should we think of this pretender who has lied and fabricated so much about her life as well as making up horrific stories about her parents?
Well, my inclination is to treat her the same we we treat valor thieves … shame her. And to point out that as much as she wants to be black, claiming she is doesn’t make it so (take note, Bruce Jenner, your chromosomes still say “X” and “Y”, no matter how you dress or what you hack off).
But apparently that’s not how it works in this day and age:
Make up a few “facts” (“10% of all people are born (with the wrong skin color)” – really? And from whence does that little pearl originate?), claim victimhood, and bingo, you’re a “minority” with a “cause” which should be a) tolerated and b) treated as if your fantasy is reality.
Yeah, sorry, not playing this game.
You are what you are – that’s reality. If you can’t deal with it, it’s not my fault or my problem. You’re not a victim. You’re not entitled. You need help.
End of rant.